Make Strides in Your Community this October


Making Strides Against breast Cancer(ACS PRESS RELEASE) Cancer hasn’t stopped, and neither has the American Cancer Society. Although events look different this year, we remain united in our mission: to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

This fall, the American Cancer Society will continue Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. While we will not be gathered by the thousands, thousands of committed volunteers, survivors and caregivers will make strides against the disease in their communities.

As we continue to prioritize the health and safety of
our cancer survivors, supporters, volunteers, and staff, Making Strides of the Triangle presented by Duke Cancer Institute will not host a traditional, large-scale in-person event this year. Instead, whether we’re walking with our families around our neighborhoods or friends at our favorite parks, we will not stop walking toward a world without breast cancer.

The American Cancer Society is encouraging participants to participate in “Making Strides in Your Community,” a local initiative in which participants pledge to walk a chosen number of miles either throughout October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, or the weekend of Oct. 17-18, and to solicit donations for each mile walked.

We invite participants to then join a national virtual celebration – “Strides Live Across America” – at noon on Oct. 18 to celebrate making strides toward a world


without breast cancer.

“Each year, Making Strides brings our community together to celebrate survivors, remember those we’ve lost, and raise funds for education, patient support and research,” said Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD, executive director of Duke Cancer Institute. “Even though this year we’ll be apart, we would like to thank all of the virtual event participants for uniting with us to defeat breast cancer.”

Although Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will look different, we continue to make strides. This year, about 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women. About 42,170 women and 520 men will die from breast cancer.

COVID-19 is having a significant and negative impact on the fight against cancer. Seventy-nine percent of cancer patients in active treatment report delays in care due to COVID-19. Earlier this summer, the director of the National Cancer Institute predicted the number of people who will die from breast or colorectal cancer in the U.S. will increase by nearly 10,000 over the next decade because of delayed screenings, treatments and halted research caused by the pandemic.

“These extraordinary times have only amplified the importance of ACS’ mission,” said Lindsay Beth Gunter, volunteer event chair for Making Strides of the Triangle presented by Duke Cancer Institute and a member of the board for ACS in Central and Eastern North Carolina. “We are excited to bring the community together to support that mission in a new, virtual way. While the means may have changed, our commitment remains – all of us are Making Strides to end breast cancer.”


Team DCI Makes Strides

by Julie Poucher Harbin

This is Duke Cancer Institute's seventh year teaming up with the American Cancer Society as local presenting sponsor for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. And once again we're building a robust team.

Breast surgeons Jennifer Plichta, MD, MS, FACS, and Gayle DiLalla, MD, FACS, are this year's honorary team captains of one Team DCI — representing our Durham and Wake County locations.

Jennifer Plichta, MD, MS, FACS
Jennifer Plichta, MD, MS, FACS, Assistant Professor, Duke Breast Surgery & Population Health Sciences, is the Director of the Breast Risk Assessment Clinic at Duke Cancer Institute.


Gayle DiLalla, MD, FACS
Gayle DiLalla, MD, FACS, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Duke Breast Surgery of Raleigh, serves on the Central and Eastern North Carolina Area Board of Trustees of the American Cancer Society.

breast cancer awareness ribbon


September 15 Making Strides Virtual Kickoff from Tampa: Includes an Interview with Duke Cancer Institute's Dorothy Sipkins, MD, PhD, who received a $238,000 grant from the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research (appears at :28 mark)